Android smartphones are all the rage at the moment, over the past year they have taken over majority market share from Apple and the past few months alone have seen the release of some truly great phones, including the HTC One X and the Samsung Galaxy S3. If you are one of the many people that have purchased an Android phone, or are looking to get your hands on one, you are going to need some decent apps to fill it, and there are no better apps than the ones that are free. Here are 5 must have free Android apps that you have for your smartphone.
Anyone Android owner must go to Google Play and download Evernote right now. If you are someone who likes to use ‘stick it’ notes and the backs of letters to write down reminders, you will love Evernote. This app lets you create and keep text notes, voice memos and files on your phone and sync them with any computer or mobile device. It works in a similar way to Dropbox by storing your data in a cloud but is also much cooler and easier to use. By having this app your life will never be disorganised again.
New Android phones come packing some great megapixel cameras and there is no better way to make use of this than with Instagram. The social photo sharing app has become a worldwide success having been made available on Android, turning amateur photographers in to professionals. Instagram lets you use your phones camera to take a picture and then alter its appearance by adding various effects. From here you can upload to social networking sites such as Twitter or share it with Instagram’s own social community. Once you begin to use this app, you will never stop.
3) Google Sky Map
Google have earned themselves a reputation for producing easy to use and very useful apps on the operating system that they own. Google Sky Map is another to add to the collection. This app uses your phone’s orientation tools to provide you with a view of the stars and the planets. It’s simple to use to: simply point your phone at the sky and watch as it tells you what’s up there. Don’t worry if you aren’t someone that likes to be stood outdoors in the small hours of the morning, freezing cold; this app works just as well indoors. You can also impress your friends and family with your new found knowledge of the constellations.
4) ASTRO File Manager
This app is one of the best additions to the Google Play Store with well over 20 million downloads to its name. Anyone that loves to be in full control of their phone and likes it to run more like a computer will love ASTRO File Manager. It is essentially a Windows-like file explorer that lets you directly install APK files and tweak them to your liking. Very useful indeed.
Layar is a hot new property on Android and downloads of this app are increasing by the day. This app is an augmented reality that brings the world of the internet to real life, allowing you to search what you see like something out of a science fiction movie. As it has grown, Layar has added an online shop that allows users to by different content such as travel guides and local house price apps. This really is what you envisioned the future being like when you were a kid. Apps do not come any cooler than this.
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